The first Saturday of October, Julia Davis Park goes to the dogs. That's when thousands of dogs and their people walk a one-mile loop around the park, dotted with watering stations and poop-bag dispensers galore along the way. After the walk, the park fills with booths pushing every dog-related product one could imagine: microchipping, doggie daycare services, handmade dog biscuits and locally stitched collars.
The annual fundraiser for the Idaho Humane Society, now going on two decades, brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars to help care for 13,000 animals placed in the shelter every year.
The IHS packs the rest of the morning with contests like best pet costume, most enthusiastic tail wag, vocal competitions, most unusual-looking dog and the Peanut Butter Challenge--or, who can clean a spoon of peanut butter the fastest.